Google in their quest to keep me busy in trying to figure out how they do their innovative features in Gmail are at it again. First it was drag and drop uploading which used a clever trick to make it work in Chrome which currently doesn’t support the FileReader in their stable release. Now they’ve added the ability to drag out attachments to your file system, allowing you to bypass the usual method of the save dialog. Continue reading “Drag out files like Gmail”
Recently Gmail pushed out an update that allowed users to drag and drop files from desktop to Gmail and have them automatically uploaded. Being the web geek I am I had to figure out how it functioned. Firefox was easy and I have covered drag and drop uploading already. They also mentioned in their post that Chrome was supported but I know Chrome is yet to implement the File API. Most intriguing was that it doesn’t work in Safari? Continue reading “How Gmail’s drag and drop works and why it’s not supported in Safari”
Why yes it is…
I’ve been sitting on this little idea for a while and as a bit of fun I finally got around to putting it together and properly testing it. Basically on an iPhone with geolocation support (3.0+), I have set up a little web app that will get the speed from the GPS and move the speedometer needle according to your current speed in kilometres. Continue reading “Is that a Speedo in your pocket?”
Web Notifications allows users to get updates on a webpage even if they’re not looking at it, shown to them through small notification boxes, think growl. This opens up some great potential for the current web apps out there. When you get a new email it could popup a little notification much like our desktop email clients do now or your twitter page could let you know when new @replies have come in, the possibilities are endless. Continue reading “Web Notifications”
Recently I read an article on better image preloading using CSS3 which presented a clever idea using CSS3 multiple background images to preload images on one element as opposed to another method of having containers for each image. As of writing the support for multiple backgrounds is fairly sparse with webkit having the best support (Safari 3+ & Chrome 1+), Firefox is introducing this in the upcoming 3.6 release.
Continue reading “Even better image preloading with CSS2”